Marlins New Home Run Sculpture In Action Is Worse Than You Imagined (Video)

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Remember when the Marlins announced the roster of local artists they'd hired to spruce up their new Little Havana ballpark and everyone was all, "Yay! No Britto! Nice work, team." That enthusiasm was tempered as we got our first look at the iris-searing home run sculpture in left, a construction so bright and packed with waving flamingos that players wondered if it might cause lefty hitters to suffer seizures at bat.

Now that we've seen the first video of the thing in action, it's time to admit the unthinkable: Miami would have been better off letting Britto's army of factory artists decorate the stadium.



Sometime between when that giant Marlin rises out from behind the neon lights and the side of the statue starts vomiting water like a surfacing whale shark this thing just goes completely off the rails.

Granted, it's weird watching the sculpture at work in a completely silent stadium. Maybe, when a few thousand cheers at Mike Giancarlo Stanton's latest homer are echoing around the park, those flapping flamingos will seem like a legit piece of a baseball park.

But the best home run celebrations are funny and cheesy without, you know, embarrassing the entire city they represent: Bernie Brewer sliding down his waterslide; the Mets apple that bobs above the outfield wall; even those dumb trains on that circle the outfield walls in Houston are kind of charming.

The worst part of the Marlins sculpture is that all year long you can expect the kind of quotes that catcher Jon Buck recently gave USA Today: "It's big and bright," Buck said, "just like Miami."

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Steve
Steve

Pretty tacky.  The fish look like Swordfish instead of Marlins.  And to think that we have Disney 3 hours from South Florida.  Why didn't we just get them to build a realistic Marlin statue.  Go Rays.

Mauricio Perez
Mauricio Perez

Kill me now. Our baseball team is the laughing stock of major league baseball. :(

Dbolex
Dbolex

This is not "Art", just Garbage. To many people trying to justify their pointless jobs = disgusting sculptures, pointless miami sound machine fight songs, cheerleaders, etc.... All this takes away from the essence of the game...This is baseball, a simple stadium will do!!

occupytruth
occupytruth

In my opinion ths "art" represents the screwing of the taxpayers in the stadium scam.   Vomit is a good word for the stadium and its tacky sculpture!

Crobotti
Crobotti

As an artist I'm disgusted and appalled that everyone in this city thinks that first, britto is the only artist and second that he is even an artist. When I graduated art school and decided to come back to Miami to help this state grow in their appreciation for art I had no idea I was going to deal with such ignorance.

I would rather this city hire an outsider than call Britto an artist. Do me a big favor Miami, "READ AN ART HISTORY AND APPRECIATION BOOK!!!"

Justsayin
Justsayin

"when I graduated art school" = not an artist

Dbolex
Dbolex

@ Justsayin... Many of the fine the fine artist that have contributed to the evolution of the human race throughout history did at one point of their lives either go to art school or study as an apprentice. They do so not learn to do "Art" but to refine their sills and experiment with different mediums... 

jactrack
jactrack

Wow, that's pretty bad. Clearly, based on the logo and this thing, whomever is making the design calls over there has the taste skills of a cinderblock. I'm guessing Samson.

Ethan Shapiro
Ethan Shapiro

Obviously I'm in the minority, but I actually like it.  It's unique, interactive and bright.  When you combine it with 30,000 fans cheering, it will be awesome.  I know it is tough for the NT Staff to get excited about something but this deserves a pass...at least until the season begins.  I actually agreed with the NT about the new logo and uniforms when they were released but they've actually grown on me and I now like it.  This too will grow on fans...or maybe it won't.  Only time will tell.  Kudos for them not installing another bland, headache inducing Britto piece.

Shellery
Shellery

this answers the question: What's uglier then Britto's "art"?

nancy reid
nancy reid

Big bright and Tacky ~ so unlike chic Miami!  ugh 

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